TripAdvisor Places Warning Badges On Hotels With Sexual Assault History, But…

…it’s only temporary.

…It’s only temporary.

With recent sexual harassment cases stemming from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to actor Kevin Spacey, the travel industry is also taking a stand to protect female travelers from potential assaults.

According to the New York Times, TripAdvisor began to place digital warning badges on hotel pages that have been reported with sexual assaults. A company spokesperson, Kevin Carter, told the publication:

“These badges will remain on TripAdvisor for up to three months. However, if the issues persist we may extend the duration of the badge. These badges are intended to be informative, not punitive.”

But these badges will only last for three months.

The warnings identify “”health, safety and discrimination issues in all of the website’s travel categories.” Carter explained that this three-month period would be extended if TripAdvisor users continue to report incidents at these hotels. Meaning that, if complaints stop after three months, the badge will no longer appear which makes it harder for clients to know if these hotel ever had sexual assaults in its history.

The decision to place warning badges came after TripAdvisor received criticisms recently for removing a review regarding Mexico’s Iberostar Paraiso Maya resort where Kristie Love accused a security guard for raping her, and wrote a review about the incident back in 2010.

Despite that TripAdvisor publicly apologized for deleting the review (which has since been restored,) many users complained the apology came too late. Love also said she never heard “a word from TripAdvisor, and certainly not an apology.”

With 455 million users worldwide, do you think TripAdvisor should take a firmer action toward protecting travelers from sexual assaults? Let us know in the comments.

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